Beaver Creek Area Resources


Beaver Creek Local Tips
There is free parking outside the gates of Beaver Creek. Located just east of Beaver Creek on Highway 6, the Bear lot offers free parking. From there, take a free shuttle bus into the Village.
 
Lift tickets can be expensive so be sure to buy them online in advance for the best prices. The best deal is the Epic Pass but only if you will be skiing for more than 5-6 days and is good at all Vail Resorts' locations (Beaver Creek, Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone, A-Basin, Northstar, Kirkwood, Heavenly, Canyons Resort). 
 
Adequately hydrate yourself before and during your trip as it helps in adjusting to our altitude.
 
Wear sunblock on those bright, ‘bluebird’ days. The sun's UV rays are amplified by the snow and altitude.
 
Consider flying into the Eagle/Vail airport. It’s only 25 minutes away and you won’t experience the road delays that occur up valley between Vail and Denver.  
 
Ski/board Birds of Prey, home of the Birds of Prey FIS World Cup ski race (and then brag to your friends!)

Beaver Creek Mountain Resort Guide
Beaver Creek ski resort is a private resort hidden by breathtaking views of bold mountains and clear blue sky. Nestled in one of the most scenic areas of the Colorado Rockies, photos of the mountain and its intimate alpine village look like they were taken out of a Norman Rockwell painting.  
 
Since its opening in 1980, Beaver Creek has hosted many world cup races and ski championships and has been named a potential site for the winter Olympics. And it’s easy to see why with its 3,100 acres of fresh Colorado snow and over 300 days of sunshine. The resorts motto is, "Beaver Creek, Not exactly roughing it" and once you step foot on one of the many heated walkways in town or enjoy a trademark warm cookie you will know why.        
 
Just as Beaver Creek is known for its world-renowned skiing, it is also known for its gourmet cuisine. Winning awards for its food, wine, service, and lodging, it’s easy to see why Beaver Creek resort allows you to sit in the lap of luxury. And if you didn't think the mountain could get any better, it does, being powered 100% by wind and recycling over one million pounds of material every year.        
 
To ensure the softest terrain possible, Beaver Creek is groomed twenty hours a day, seven days a week. At the summit the elevation is 11,440 feet and there are 149 Trails ranging from Beginner's to Intermediate to Advance Terrain. With over 17 lifts, lines are never very long and with an annual snow fall of 310 inches, fresh powder is always available.
 
The mountain has four terrain parks, one for beginners, two progressive intermediate parks, and one for experts. They all contain jumps, rollers, tables, rails, and boxes and there is also an innovative park lesson program that helps aspiring park riders refine their skills. There is also the Half Barrel super pipe designed for the most adventurous and experienced skiers and boarders.
 
A great feature Beaver Creek has is on-mountain photography. They can capture your big air moments, a heartwarming family shot together on the summit, or your children’s eyes full of excitement as they glide down the slopes.  You can make memories will last a lifetime and with photos you can share your memories with everyone.       
 
Almost all lodging at Beaver Creek is ski accessible with skier bridges and connecting trails. Four villages sit at the base of the mountain, Beaver Creek village, Bachelor Gulch Village, and Arrowhead Village. All are linked together by heated walkways or ski bridges and all are full of quaint shops, fun bars, great art galleries, and mouth watering dining. There is also a village skating rink where families can enjoy night’s together gliding across the ice. Each village offers a complimentary shuttle service for all guests anywhere within the resort.        
 
Beaver Creek is a fabulous place for a family vacation; in fact many guests make it a yearly tradition. Every night there is a different family mountain event including DJs, glow stick skiing, fireworks, and entertainment. Beaver Creek has a way of bringing families together--whether it be on the slopes or off, this resort is a must see adventure.

The History of Beaver Creek
Beaver Creek opened on December 15, 1980 with new 6 Doppelmayr chairlifts and a temporary base lodge. Costs for development ranged in the neighborhood of about 300 million dollars.  
 
The following ski season the Larkspur Bowl opened, providing skiers with expert mogul runs as well as wide open intermediate terrain. Beaver Creek invested in the new high-speed lift technology the same year as Vail. In 1986, they purchased a new Doppelmayr lift and named it the Centennial Express. This vastly improved access from the village to mid mountain. During 1989, the World Ski Championship came to Beaver Creek. This was the first time the resort attracted a major racing event since its loss of the Olympic bid in the 1970's.
 
During the 1990's Beaver Creek continued to upgrade lifts and expand new terrain. Grouse Mountain opened in 1991 with the addition of a CTEC high-speed quad chair. The Bachelor Gulch development, which included another quad chair, new ski-in houses, and a hotel greeted skiers and riders in 1997. During this year, Beaver Creek connected with the Arrowhead Ski Area. It was originally purchased during the 1993 season. In 1999, Vail and Beaver Creek hosted the World Alpine Ski Championships. They were held on the newly completed Birds of Prey downhill course and on the Giant Steps course at Vail. Beaver Creek will again host the World Championships, this time in 2015.